Certificate of public need; exception for certain medical care equipment and services. (HB689)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certificate of public need; exception for certain equipment and services. Provides that a certificate of public need shall not be required for (i) the introduction into a medical care facility of any new imaging service or (ii) the addition by a medical care facility of any medical equipment for the provision of imaging services if (a) the medical care facility has obtained accreditation for the provision of such services from the appropriate accrediting body, (b) the medical care facility adheres to the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria or other evidence-based national standards to discourage overutilization, (c) all equipment meets current industry technology standards as determined by the Commissioner of Health, and (d) the medical care facility agrees to provide imaging services to indigent individuals in an amount that equals the average amount of imaging services provided to indigent individuals in the previous year in accordance with the requirements of conditions on certificates of public need imposed pursuant to 32.1-102.4 in the health planning region in which the physician's office is located. The bill also requires any person who becomes contractually obligated to acquire medical equipment for the provision of computed tomographic (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic source imaging (MSI), positron emission tomographic (PET) scanning, or nuclear medicine imaging to register such acquisition with the Commissioner within 30 calendar days. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103686D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Subcommittee #3
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #3
01/14/2016Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/27/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/02/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB689)
02/04/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read first time
02/08/2016Passed by until Thursday, February 11, 2016
02/11/2016Passed by for the day
02/12/2016Read second time
02/12/2016Engrossment refused by House